Anthony REID [ Academic Prize 2002 ]

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Academic Prize 2002 [13th]
Anthony REID
Historian [ Director, Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore ]
Australia / Area Studies, History
Born June 19, 1939 (aged63)

Professor Anthony Reid is one of the leaders in the field of research into Southeast Asian history. Through such works as his two-volume study, "Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce", Professor Reid has won international acclaim for his pioneering research into Southeast Asian history based on the perspective of the daily life of the people in the region. He also has been engaged in creating a new form of regional historical research that transcends the study of a single nation's history.

* At the time of receipt of the Prize.
Award Citation

Professor Anthony Reid is a historian who has played a leading role in a new type of historical research that has resulted in the creation of a different historical viewpoint of the region. In his research into Southeast Asian history, Professor Reid has systematically focused on the climate, the population, and the various vital aspects of the everyday life of the people that had previously been passed over. His work has incorporated research into such subjects as diet, marriage, ceremonies, women, and amusements.

After studying history and economics at Victoria University of Wellington, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He later taught at many universities, including the University of Malaya and the Australian National University, continuing his research as well as the training of the next generation of scholars.

The point of departure for his research was the revolutionary period in Indonesia from 1945 to 1950. His work gained wide international acclaim, especially, for his two-volume study, "Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce". Influenced by the French historical school Les Annales, Professor Reid studied an enormous number of historical records to create a new type of historical research. His arguments are formulated from the perspective of the everyday life of the people, and include both the shared and unique characteristics of the nations of Southeast Asia created by large-scale maritime trade from 1450 to 1680, as well as the diversity of the natural environment and religion. His discoveries and insights from this regional research created a new picture of Southeast Asia as a region linked to global historical trends, winning him wide international recognition.

Professor Reid later extended his field of inquiry to contemporary Southeast Asian historical research. He has continued his wide-ranging studies, which include a comparative examination of the position of Chinese in Southeast Asia and Jews in Central Europe in the first half of the 20th century, as well as focusing on the unification and internal conflicts of Indonesia.

Thus, Professor Reid has created a landmark in Southeast Asian historical research and opened a new field in this area by studying the everyday existance of the people from many different perspectives, based on their daily lives filled with energy and vitality. Professor Reid is the leading scholar in this field, and a worthy choice for the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes.

Introduction of Public Lecture by Anthony REID

Patterns of Southeast Asian History
September 20, 2002 (14:00 - 16:30)
Prof. Ishii Yoneo (President, Kanda University of International Studies)
Prof. Hamashita Takeshi (Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University)
Prof. Ishizawa Yoshiaki (Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University)

Public Lecture by Prof.  Anthony Reid was held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 20, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

Books & CDs

To Nation by Revolution: Indonesia in the 20th Century
To Nation by Revolution: Indonesia in the 20th Century
[ Book ]
Release Date / March 2, 2011
Publisher / Singapore University Press
Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia
Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia
[ Book ]
Release Date / December 21, 2009
Publisher / Cambridge University Press; 1 edition

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